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Friday, May 11, 2007
Today's Journal - May 11, 2007
Both of them itch for warring and destruction, they just can't sit quite nor can they listen to the world.
On the top of that, our republican senators and congressmen are playing dumb, can't they see the mistakes they are making?
They have ruined the party I belonged to. I am not deserting them. I know God will make a special appearance in Bush's dream to stop this massacre and crankiness. That is the only way out for him. Or just fake another terror scenario and say I told you so.
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed
(Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3,382
The War in Iraq Costs $424,486,503,387
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Marine Says Urinated on Dead Iraqi at Haditha
By Marty Graham
Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, who has immunity from prosecution after murder charges against him were dismissed, also said he watched his squad leader shoot down five Iraqi civilians who were trying to surrender.
We're All Responsible for Iraq
By James Reston
the hypocrisy toward our troops is another instance of moral and political guilt. When a person flaunts his patriotism and then tolerates the exploitation of soldiers, then that citizen is morally culpable for that outrage and a participant in it.
Afghan Parliment Warns U.S. Calls For Troops Withdrawl
By JASON STRAZIUSO
The proposal from the upper house of parliament, which also calls for a date to be set for the withdrawal of foreign troops, suggests that Afghan support for the five-and-a-half-year-old international military mission is crumbling amid a spate of civilian deaths.
Bush's Zombie Shuffles Off
Adieu, Blair, Adieu
By TARIQ ALI
Blair makes his unwilling exit against a backdrop of car-bombs and mass carnage in Iraq, with hundreds of thousands left dead or maimed from his policies, and London a prime target for terrorist attack.
Mandela Was Once a Terrorist
By Lamis Andoni
Leaders of Israel, responsible for the occupation of lands, destruction of people's lives and violations of the Geneva Conventions, are welcomed and even celebrated as international dignitaries. Neither Israeli-perpetrated violence nor its dispossession of indigenous people from their own land is cause for questioning Israel's leadership. But for South Africa to receive a leading member of Hamas, a violent resistance movement, is a cause for shock if not condemnation.
The War on Free Expression
By Stephen Lenderman
A play on Thomas Jefferson's words might be that "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience" to be denied their First Amendment rights to speak, write and otherwise communicate freely and openly without fear of recrimination in a state they want to remain democratic but won't without that right. Today our freedoms are jeopardized in an atmosphere of heightened fear with too few people aware how threatened their most important one of all is at a time there's risk they all may be lost without a concerted effort to save them.
Iraq: At least 45 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:
Police said they found the bodies of 21 people shot dead in various districts of Baghdad on Wednesday.
Majority of Iraqi Lawmakers Now Reject Occupation:
On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal
Surge could last through '08:
U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President Bush in January, must last into the spring of 2008. The military has said it would assess in September how well its counterinsurgency strategy is working.
Mr. President, You did not listen: 30 Second Video:
Retired Major General John Batiste takes President Bush on, directly, when Bush says that he's just "listening to commanders on the ground" in Iraq.
Why Cheney Failed In Iraq:
The failure of the usually forceful Cheney to impose a clear timetable for passing revenue-sharing measures on Maliki reflects not just Maliki's general political weakness, but also his continued dependence on partisan and divisive Shiite factions in the Iraqi Parliament for support.
Gates Contradicts Bush, Says 'I Don't Know' If 2002 War Authorization Is Still Valid:
During his questioning of Gates, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) noted that the authorization listed two purposes for the use of force: 1) to defend the United States against Saddam Hussein and 2) enforce U.N. resolutions against Hussein's government. Byrd asked Gates, since Hussein's government no longer exists
'Pentagon Moved to Fix Iraqi Media Before Invasion':
In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon planned to create a 'Rapid Reaction Media Team' (RRMT) designed to ensure control over major Iraqi media while providing an Iraqi 'face' for its efforts, according to a 'White Paper' obtained by the independent National Security Archive (NSA) which released it Tuesday.
U.S.-led raid kills another 40 civilians in occupied Afghanistan:
The deaths on Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand, if confirmed, would raise the civilian toll at the hands of foreign troops to 110 in the past two weeks.
Suicide bombing kills 3 civilians in occupied Afghanistan :
The explosion occurred in Barmal district bordering Pakistan on Wednesday, Outlook quoted district chief Azizullah Hayayee as saying.
Local villagers kill three Taliban in southern Afghanistan:
Local villagers fought a group of Taliban militants who were trying to attack a governmental police post in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three, including a local commander, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
'As Bad As Haditha' :
The U.S. military took the extraordinary step of apologizing for the deadly shooting in Afghanistan earlier this year by Marines that left 19 civilians dead and another 50 wounded.
Gen. Petraeus and the $2000 Payoff :
On Tuesday, the U.S. military apologized for an atrocity near Jalalabad back in March and agreed to make the usual maximum payment -- don't laugh -- of about $2000 to survivors for each of the 19 Afghan lives lost.
Afghanistan: U.S. troops stay until '08:
The Pentagon said Wednesday that it will maintain a heightened level of U.S. troops in Afghanistan well into 2008 by sending elements of the 101st Airborne Division as a replacement force.
Afghanistan could be "endless mission" :
Former defence minister Joris Voorhoeve warns that the Dutch peacekeeping role in Afghanistan will be an `endless mission` unless the government sets clear limits on the availability of its troops in the region.
Al-Jazeera News For May 9, 2007: :
News from Al-Jazeera English, recorded at 16:00 hrs UTC on May 9, 2007.
Putin Is Said to Compare U.S. Policies to Third Reich :
President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to obliquely compare the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech on Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
War criminal to retire:
Blair to stand down on June 27:
Tony Blair today announced he was stepping down after 10 years as prime minister and 13 as Labour leader.
Somali forces ban women's veils :
Somali security forces have begun seizing and even burning Muslim women's face veils in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, official sources and witnesses say.
Venezuela Condemns Terrorist Release:
Venezuela joins with a strong voice cries against the US release of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, who walks free the streets of Miami
Luis Posada Highlighted Targets For Terrorism:
Posada faced charges in Venezuela for the airplane bombing, but escaped from prison there in 1985, participated in the White House- and CIA-sponsored Iran-contra covert operations in Central America in the 1980s, and illegally entered the U.S. in March 2005.
Adios, World Bank!:
In Latin America, countries are paying off their World Bank loans early, cutting off ties with the Bank, and creating their own financing instruments to replace the world's oldest multilateral lending agency.
How much is your Congress person worth?:
By May 15 of each year, Congress members and top officials in the executive branch must file forms covering the preceding calendar year that list their assets and liabilities, their income (excluding their government salaries, oddly), asset transactions, gifts they received and more
Gonzales testimony contradicts White House:
Revealing Bush 'conversation' over US attorney firings
Muslim American Grilled at Border Over Religion:
Zakariya Muhammad Reed spent 20 years serving in the National Guard. For the last eleven years, he's been a firefighter in Toledo. But this hasn't kept him from being viewed with suspicion by his own government.
Shock jock unrepentant over derogatory Obama song:
The leading US shock jock Rush Limbaugh is taunting the liberal media by repeatedly airing a derogatory and racially charged song about the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Video: Barack the Magic Negro:
On his show Limbaugh says he is an entertainer and the song is a parody. He justifies it by saying the first linkage of the term "magic negro" to Mr Obama was by a black commentator, David Ehrenstein, in the liberal Los Angeles Times.
Verizon says phone record disclosure is protected free speech:
Verizon is one of the phone companies currently being sued over its alleged disclosure of customer phone records to the NSA. In a response to the court last week, the company asked for the entire consolidated case against it to be thrown out-on free speech grounds
Spying on the Home Front:
The program shows how the FBI vacuumed up records on 250,000 ordinary Americans who chose Las Vegas as the destination for their Christmas-New Year's holiday, and the subsequent revelation that the FBI has misused National Security Letters to gather information.
Armored vehicles' rising use by police:
After six people were shot in the city's Homewood neighborhood in less than 24 hours, Pittsburgh police rolled in with a 20-ton armored truck with a blast-resistant body, armored rotating roof hatch and gunports.
Apocalypse Of The Honeybees:
How poetically appropriate that the End of Humanity should come from such a tiny, sweet source
The Good American
By Scott Ritter
That we have collectively failed to halt and repudiate the war in Iraq makes us even worse than the Germans.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17683.htm
Impeach Bush or Get Rid of the Impeachment Clause
By Dave Lindorff
What is it about impeachment that has the Democratic Party leadership so frightened?http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17684.htm
The Kennedy Myth Rises Again
By John Pilger
John Pilger recalls the night Robert Kennedy was shot in his presence and the myths that followed his untimely death. Having elevated Kennedy to be one of his heroes, Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown describes him as the pinnacle of "morality" - when this myth really tells us about Brown himself and his political twin, Tony Blair. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17679.htm
One War Criminal Down, A Fistful to Go
Paul Craig Roberts
Many wonder why Blair destroyed his reputation and that of his country, put himself at risk of being hauled before the International Criminal Court, and squandered his time as prime minister providing cover for George Bush's war of aggression. The answer must be money. We will see which US corporate boards take Blair as a director and which groups pay him six-figure honorariums for speeches. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17681.htm
This Perfect Storm Will Finally Destroy the Neocon Project
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Americans are sick of the unrepentant arrogance of this elite. But the realisation has come at a very heavy costhttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17692.htm
Giuliani Would Make a Worst President than Bush
By Paul Craig Roberts
Giuliana's career never served justice; it served his personal ambition, his ego. That a person so short on integrity could become a candidate for president is a damning indictment of the US political system. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17682.htm
The Other Side Of Suez
Fear of dwindling oil supplies, a strategy of regime change, by-passing the U.N, and war based on suspect intelligence. Iraq 2003? No, Egypt 1956. Britain invades an Arab nation to overthrow a dangerous dictator. The Prime Minister predicts that a grateful population will welcome British troops with open arms. But he is wrong.
Click to viewhttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17680.htm
Iraq: At least 53 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:
Two car bombs on two bridges south of Baghdad killed 10 people and wounded 25 others in an apparent coordinated attack, police saidhttp://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IBO143985.htm
Iraqi Lawmakers Back Bill on U.S. Withdrawal:
A majority of members of Iraq's parliament have signed a draft bill that would require a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Iraq and freeze current troop levels.http://snipurl.com/1k96r
U.S. House defeats Iraq war withdrawal bill:
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily defeated a bill pushed by anti-war Democrats to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by early next year.http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WBT006955.htm
Pepe Escobar : 'The cultivation of life': -
Popular wisdom in Iraq rules that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, with a simple fatwa, or even a single word, could bring the US occupation to an abrupt end. So why doesn't he? http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IE12Ak01.html
10 Taliban killed in new Afghan fighting; villagers say 40 civilians killed earlier :
New airstrikes in a volatile southern Afghan region killed up to 10 Taliban fighters near where villagers say about 40 civilians died in a battle earlier this week, and the U.S.-led coalition said Friday that local Afghans feared more militant attacks.http://snipurl.com/1k96u
U.S. Occupation Forces Confirms They Killed Afghan Civilians :
The governor of Helmand province has said 21 civilians were killed in airstrikes Tuesday in the Sangin area of Helmand province, though residents of the area said the civilian death toll was higher. http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6625896,00.html
Fighting the Taliban : Video :
The story of a six day battle the ministary of defense did not want you to seehttp://snipurl.com/1k96w
Jeremy Scahill Testifies in Landmark House Hearing on "Defense" Contracting:
There are over 120,000 private contractors currently deployed in Iraq and yesterday, a House panel put some of the harshest criticisms of this privatization of war into the congressional record for the first time. http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/11/1531232
Mother's Day for Peace : 4 Minute Video:
Through the power of compassion and womanhood, we hope to work towards peace. http://snipurl.com/1k970
Neo-Cons Driving Iran Divestment Campaign:
Neo-conservative hawks who championed the invasion of Iraq are leading a new campaign to persuade state and local governments, as well as other institutional investors, to "divest" their holdings in foreign companies and U.S. overseas subsidiaries doing business in Iran. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=37687
Cheney warns Iran U.S. will keep sea lanes open : -
From an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Vice President Dick Cheney warned Iran on Friday the U.S. and its allies will keep it from restricting sea traffic as well as from developing nuclear weapons.http://snipurl.com/1k972
Former Powell aide says Bush, Cheney guilty of 'high crimes' :
Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, said on the public radio program On Point Thursday that "Bill Clinton's peccadilloes ... pale in significance" when compared to the "high crimes and misdemeanors" of Bush and Cheney. http://snipurl.com/1k97e
Putin likens U.S. foreign policy to that of Third Reich :
President Vladimir Putin obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germanyhttp://www.iht.com/bin/print.php?id=5642323
Israeli Occupation Forces Shot Palestinian woman 'loses baby' :
A pregnant Palestinian woman lost her baby after being shot by Israeli occupation troops during an attack in the West Bank city of Nablushttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6644079.stm
The Death of Samir Dari: In Israel, Not All Blood is the Same:
The killing of an Arab is, after all, not the kind of event that makes headlines in Israel.http://www.counterpunch.org/gordon05102007.html
Israeli policy 'worse' than apartheid:
South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils on Thursday accused Israel of conducting a policy against the Palestinians that was "worse" than apartheid. http://iafrica.com/news/sa/725486.htm
Carter Challenging Baptists On Conversions, Says Rabbi :
Wading into the delicate fray over the alliance between Jews and pro-Israel Evangelicals, former President Jimmy Carter last week reportedly said it was a mistake for Jews to accept such ties, and that he was working to convince Southern Baptists to change the way they look at Judaism and the Middle East.http://snipurl.com/1k97j
Rival groups clash in Gaza:
Hamas said the fighting began before dawn when members of the national security forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the president, detained a member of Hamas's armed wing.http://snipurl.com/1k97k
Tariq Ali on the Resignation of Tony Blair:
"The Fact That He's Leaving is Because He's So Hated"http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/11/1531215
Desperate days at Guantanamo as force feeding continues: :
Force-feeding is actually done by "strapping prisoners into restraining chairs while they are fed by plastic tubes inserted through their nostrils."http://snipurl.com/1k97m
Congress Not Told of Covert Action, Committee Complains:
U.S. intelligence recently undertook a "significant" covert action without notifying Congress, as required by law, the House Intelligence Committee disclosed in a new report on the 2008 intelligence authorization bill.http://snipurl.com/1k4qy
U.S., Germans Fear Imminent Terror Attack:
U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States.http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/05/us_germans_fear.html